Coaching for Couples in Business

Couples in Business Together

We are Jim & Laurie Shopland a husband and wife team that is building a family and a business together.

Breakfast Banter is weekly stories of some of the successes and challenges we face as a married couple in business together.

Jim & Laurie Shopland
December 14, 2023

Are you a business owner?

How to have a business owner mindset.

Do you consider yourself a business owner or are you just self-employed?

Listen as Jim and Laurie share what the difference is and tips on how to step into the identity of being a business owner!

If you want to create the business you love that provides for the life you dream of, attend our:

Business Planning Workshop
January 26th
Signature Sandman Hotel
Walnut Grove, Langley

December 7, 2023

Finding Clarity

Do you struggle to find clarity in your business?

You’re not alone!

80% of the business owners who attended our last Business Planning Workshop said they needed and wanted clarity on an upcoming project, next steps to take or their business in general!

Listen as Jim and Laurie share the 3 main obstacles that get in your way of finding clarity in your business!

Business Planning Workshop
Friday, January 26
9:00am – 3:00pm

Save $100 if you register before December 22nd!

November 30, 2023

Emotional Well-being

Do you believe you’re responsible for other people’s happiness?

We used to think this too. But then we realized how exhausting it was and how it was actually causing more harm than good!

Listen as Jim and Laurie share their tips on how to take ownership of your own emotional well-being.

THIS one lesson will have a huge impact on your life and the people around you!

November 23, 2023

Implementing Change

Real change takes place slowly.

It happens over time, not over night.

Listen as Jim and Laurie share a few coaching nuggets to help you implement change in your business and your life.

November 16, 2023

Decision Making

Are you making decisions from a place of scarcity and fear?

If so, take a listen to Jim and Laurie as they provide tips on how to make decisions from a place confidence and abundance.

November 2, 2023

Client Success Story

How did our client triple their revenue?

Listen as Jim and Laurie share a story about one of their clients and how they achieved incredible success!

Want to learn how to do this too?

Join us for our Business Planning Workshop.

We will guide you through the same process that our client used to triple their revenue.

Ready to chart your course?

Take the first step by getting in touch with us.

October 27, 2023

Climbing Mount Everest

If your dream is to climb Mount Everest, would you get to the base of the mountain without a plan?

Unfortunately, this is how many business owners and entrepreneurs start out on their journey.

Does the thought of planning your business cause you to feel overwhelmed so you put it off and end up just winging it?

The Business Planning Workshop is designed to help you not only plan for the growth you want to create next year, but the impact you want to make doing it!

October 12, 2023

Don't Forget Your Family

Often as business owners we can become so focused on our work, clients and building our “million dollar” business, we forget the reason WHY we’re doing it in the first place – to provide for our family!

Far too often, we hear how out of balance small business owners feel and they share how it’s taking a toll on their family (and marriage).

Listen as Jim and Laurie share a few nuggets to help you stay aligned to your WHY.

September 28, 2023

Business vs Family

Most business owners struggle to increase their bottom line AND find time for family. It seems one always suffers.

But our clients are having record success in revenue AND spending more time with family than ever!! 🙀

This is possible for you too! 💫

Listen as Jim and Laurie share 3 tips of what their clients are doing that’s creating this success!

September 21, 2023

Bad News

How do you handle disappointment?

As a married couple who work together, it can be difficult to process disappointment in business, because both of you are going through it at the same time.

Take a listen as Jim and Laurie share a real and raw story of a recent disappointment in their business and what they learned.

And how it made them stronger!

September 14, 2023

Dealing with Change

How do you manage change?

With a new season and busier schedules, sometimes we can resist the changes this brings and get cranky with the people around us.

Listen as Jim and Laurie provide tips on “what NOT” to do when this happens! 🤪

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August 24, 2023

Adult Children

STOP telling your adult children what to do!

You think you are helping them. They think you are telling them they are doing it wrong. They will then get defensive and disengage from you.

Take a listen as Jim and Laurie share tips that helped them create amazing relationships with their grown children!

It’s possible for you too!

August 17, 2023

Men can learn to be vulnerable too!

When Jim leaned in and learned how to be vulnerable, their relationship went from good to great!

Listen to hear how he started and what Laurie did to support him.

August 10, 2023

Do you focus on your weaknesses and the weaknesses of your spouse, kids and colleagues?

Or do you focus on the strengths?

Remember, what we focus on grows!

July 28, 2023

Have you ever thought to ask your partner to be your work out accountability partner?

We all want to be healthy and strong! Why not help each other achieve your health goals!

First step is to ask you partner for help.

Second step is to do it together!

It doesn’t have to be hard.

Use the equipment you already have. Or go for a walk.

Move your body TOGETHER! 💫

July 25, 2023

We shouldn’t be married right now!

WOW – that is a strong statement, but it’s true.
If we had listened to the statistics – we would have gotten divorced.

When our three-year old daughter, was diagnosed with ALL (Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia) our Oncologist told us that 80% of couples with a child living with a life threatening illness end in divorce!

When Laurie heard that statistic – she believed it to be true and she went home and packed Jim’s bag.

Thankfully, Jim had a different belief.
He believed their marriage could get through anything!

27 years later their life is full of abundance (and grand-babies) that they never imagined during those dark and scary days.

If you are going through something challenging right now, ask yourself what do you NEED to believe in order to get through it.

And then don’t be afraid to lean on your partner’s belief if you have to! You never know what is on the other side of it!

Remember – You CAN get through it TOGETHER!
You just have to believe it!

Ready to chart your course?

Take the first step by getting in touch with us.

July 13, 2023

Having fun!  When you allow fun into your relationship and business, everything changes!

Listen as Jim and Laurie share how injecting FUN into their corporate retreat allowed for more creativity and better discussions on hard topics (ie: money!)

The shift has been amazing, and we encourage you to try it and inject fun into your relationship today!

July 6, 2023

How do you take time away from your business?

THIS was a bit of a hot topic 🙈 in the Shopland house this morning. There was some resistance to take time away from our business from one of us. 🫣

Listen as Jim and Laurie share the behind the scenes of a heated conversation that helped them understand each other on a topic that is really important to ALL business owners and entrepreneurs.

⭐️Nugget: listen to understand your partner, rather than to respond and react.

July 4, 2023

Celebrating 31 years! 💫

What is the secret to a happy marriage?  Listen as Jim & Laurie give their most important tip for creating a thriving marriage of 31 years.
Let us know what you have found to be successful in creating a happy marriage.

June 29, 2023

How do you manage change?

Change is inevitable! Do you try to change how your partner deals with it? Do you think they should react the same way you do?

Listen as Jim and Laurie dealt with change this past week and how they managed it.

We’d love to hear how you manage change and how you support your spouse when they process it too.

June 22, 2023

How do you manage the emotional highs and lows of your relationship?

Have a listen as Jim and Laurie share what works and what DOES NOT work for them.

Try asking your partner “how can I support you?” rather than “what’s wrong?”.

Share with your partner and let us know how it goes!

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June 15, 2023

Marriage is NOT 50/50! 😳

Listen as Jim and Laurie share their thoughts on how the belief that marriages should be 50/50 is creating false expectations and resentment.

If this resonates with you and you’d like to learn more, reach out!

We work with couples who want to take their marriage from good to great! 💫

June 8, 2023

Do you recognize when your partner (or colleague) is stressed?

Listen as Jim and Laurie share a tip they’ve implemented to support one another during these times. Since taking the DISC Behavioural Assessment they are both better equipped to identify when the other person is feeling stressed.

Laurie gets disorganized (like PigPen) and Jim watches Hogan’s Heros! 🤪

Instead of trying to change the other person’s behaviour, they ask the question:
How can I support you right now?

This has been incredibly beneficial at work AND at home!

Try it with your partner and see how it will help them feel supported instead of adding to their stress.

Want to learn more about DISC? Jim is happy to chat with you more about it.
Reach out to him anytime.

June 1, 2023

How do you create space at work and at home?

We often get so busy with our to-do lists that we never come up for air!

Listen as Jim and Laurie share tips on how to create space to feel successful at work and at home!

May 25, 2023

How do you celebrate?
Or do you even celebrate at all?

Listen as Jim and Laurie share their early struggles with celebrating wins in their business and life.

They were always looking for ‘the other shoe to drop’. But we know that taking time to acknowledge what is working, helps create more of it!

Share this with someone to help you celebrate your wins!

May 18, 2023

How fast should your business grow?

Take a listen as Jim and Laurie share some encouraging tips on how to grow your business even if it’s not happening as fast as you’d like.

May 11, 2023

How do you receive feedback?

This is a huge topic when it comes to being a leader at work and at home.

If you struggle receiving feedback, you’re not alone. Listen as Jim and Laurie share their coaching perspective on how to receive and give feedback in the work place AND at home.

May 4, 2023

If you are anything like Jim and Laurie, you’ve invested in private lessons, tutors and sports academies for your kids.

You’ve done this to set them up for success.

Imagine if you were to do the same for your marriage!

Investing time, energy and money into your marriage will help you thrive as a couple.

If you want to take your marriage from good to GREAT, we encourage you to invest in our upcoming Couples Retreat, May 13th.

You will leave having created a stronger connection between you and your spouse setting you up for success as life continues to be busy and full.

Learn more about our Thrive Together Couples Retreat here.

April 27, 2023

All entrepreneurs listen up!

If you feel like you’re struggling building your business and finding time for your family and spouse, you’re not alone.

But you also don’t need to keep struggling!

Listen as Jim shares his thoughts on Priority Management vs Time Management. 🤯

Want to learn how to go from just surviving to THRIVING in all areas of your life? You’ve got to join us at our Thrive Together Couples Retreat!

April 20, 2023

Listen as Jim and Laurie share how they both handle stress differently and manage to support each other while going through stressful times in business and in life.

Want to learn the tools they talk about that help them deal with stress in their relationship, business, and life?

You’ve got to join us at our Thrive Together Couples Retreat!

April 13, 2023

Do you ever feel like you are disconnected from your spouse?

Like you are two ships passing in the night or you are not on the same page?

Listen as Jim and Laurie share four tools they use when this happens:

1) Give each other some space
2) Plan to connect everyday
3) Take time to dream about your future together
4) Remember, you are on each other’s team

Want to learn how to create a better connection with your spouse?

You’ve got to join us at our Thrive Together Couples Retreat!

April 6, 2023

His brain & her brain! Do one of you have all the ideas and the other need to know all the details first?

Us too!

Laurie is the creative one and Jim is a little less of a risk taker. Listen to hear how you can make it work – TOGETHER! PS… listen to the end for a special announcement. 

March 30, 2023

Why work with a coach? To move from functional to exceptional!

Join Jim and Laurie as they answer this question. If you’ve ever wondered this, here are questions to ask yourself:

⚡️Business Coaching ⚡️ Do you know what you need to be doing next in your business? If not, Jim can help you create a plan and keep you on track.

⚡️Leadership Coaching⚡️ You know the steps you need to be taking in your business, but do you struggle to take them? Jim can help you identify WHY you’re not doing it and hold you accountable so you get it done.

⚡️Life Coaching⚡️ Do you have success in one area of your life but struggle to have it in ALL areas? Laurie can help you identify the patterns that keep taking you off track and help you build the confidence to succeed at work AND at home!

If you answered YES to any of the questions above, reach out for a complimentary call and see if coaching is the next step for you! #businesscoaching #leadershipcoaching #lifecoaching

March 23, 2023

Inspired by a conversation at a recent networking event, Jim and Laurie share a little of their story on how they increased their mental fitness and emotional wellbeing when faced with stressful challenges of a job loss and their 3 year old daughter’s cancer diagnosis. Laurie shares one tool that you can start using today to increase your emotional well-being. Share with a friend who may need to hear this today! #emotionalintelligence #mentalfitness #journalling #childhoodcancer

March 16, 2023

Jim & Laurie share on how to manage yourself and your team during challenging times. #businessownertips #leadershipcoaching #emotionalwellbeing

March 9, 2023

Welcome to BREAKFAST BANTER! Where Jim and Laurie share a 3-5 minute nugget each week on something they’re going through in their business and/or life. It’s our desire it will inspire you to take action in your business/life too! Cheers to being real and raw! 😜 #entrepreneurlife #entrepreneurcouple #toastmasters #breakfastbanter

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